Here are a few different ways writers make money on the Internet. Stay tuned for a lot more ideas, and infosheets that explore specific “gigs” in even more detail.
Niche Website Flipping
The simple strategy—create a very informative website on a specialized topic; build traffic; monetize it; then sell the site to a new owner for a significant profit.
Some writers with Web tech skills do it all; others team up with (or hire) Web designers. The end result: an online business property other entrepreneurs want and will pay good money for!
Amazon and its Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) program is at the core of the boom in sell-published books, giving indie authors the opportunity to have their titles selling on the dominant ecommerce platform’s virtual shelves right next to the big boys… and for significant royalties!
Writing and publishing your own blog can be very lucrative, after you’ve built readership.
There are a variety of ways to monetize blogs, including (but not limited to) advertising revenue. Pick a method that suits you best.
A blog helps establish a platform for your other moneymaking activities.
Not everyone who wants to author and publish a book can actually write one. So they get a secret writer-for-hire, a ghostwriter, to do the actual work, while they take credit as the author.
It’s a great moneymaking gig. Most projects are nonfiction, and can be more straightforward and quicker to produce.